Why fertilize in the fall:

It’s pretty common to fertilize your lawn in the spring but not in the fall.  However, don’t let the cooler temperatures of autumn fool you. Though many assume that the coming of winter means the end of their lawn’s maintenance, fall fertilizing is definitely a last step to consider in your lawns to-do list.  And here’s why. After the summer’s heat and stress, grass regains its strength before winter with a good fall fertilizing. Professors from Colorado and Ohio State Universities stress the application of nitrogen fertilizers in late fall produce lawns that are visibly greener the following summer. Imagine an earlier spring green-up while avoiding the excessive shoot growth of lawns fertilized in the spring. Fall fertilizing is not meant to stimulate growth in autumn.  The purpose is to prepare it for the harsh winter and give it a good start the next year.

The best way to determine what nutrients are lacking in your lawn is a soil test. These tests measure the soil’s pH levels along with the Potassium, Nitrogen, and Phosphorous.

If your lawn has been properly fertilized in late summer and fall, your grass will start to store carbohydrate reserves in the stems. These reserves help grass resist winter disease and injury.  In addition, they are a source of energy for shoot and root growth the following spring.

When should you fertilize?  Proper timing is very important.  If applied too early while the grass is vigorously growing, it can invite snow mold and winter injury the next spring. You also do not want to wait until the ground is frozen.  Thus, making fall the time of year to fertilize.

How can GEM help? Glaciers Edge Maintenance offers fall fertilizing services.  Plus, we do fall cleanup services to further help your lawn.  Request an estimate.